Teutenberg and Serebryakov take the Philly bike race wins

Ina Teutenberg and Aleksandr Serebryakov are celebrating bike race victories in Philadelphia this afternoon. Teutenberg, of Germany, finished first in the 60-mile Women’s Liberty Classic while Serebryakov, of Russia, came in for a strong finish in the 124-mile TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship.

Ina Teutenberg and Aleksandr Serebryakov are celebrating bike race victories in Philadelphia this afternoon. Teutenberg, of Germany, finished first in the 60-mile Women’s Liberty Classic while Serebryakov, of Russia, came in for a strong finish in the 124-mile TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship.

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In Manayunk, a number of efforts to curb race day rowdiness seemed to have had a positive effect along Main Street and the Manayunk Wall this afternoon. 

Representatives of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board made their way down to Main Street around 10 a.m. to check on underage drinking and to enforce the “no bottles and containers” policy along the race route. In addition, two police officers were stationed at every intersection along Main Street from Ridge Avenue to Green Lane for the day.

The dynamic along Manayunk’s Main Street on Sunday was significantly more family-friendly than in years past.

“Look at all the kids,” said Jane Lipton, executive director of the Manayunk Development Corporation. “You would have never seen that two years ago.”

Last year, Lipton along with a number of civic representatives, State Rep. Pamela DeLissio, Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. and Captain John Cerrone of the 5th Police District began an initiative to increase enforcement on race day. It was an initiative put in place after residents expressed concern about race day attendees using their lawns as public restrooms and engaging in “destructive behavior” along the neighborhood’s residential streets.

This year looked a bit different than others with a shortened course of 124 miles, instead of 156, decreasing the amount of laps up the grueling Manayunk Wall from 10 to 7. The changes were aimed at significantly increasing the speed of the race and adding to the excitement in the final laps.

Before the race began, amateur and recreational cyclists got a chance to take their shot at the Manayunk Wall and the rest of the iconic 14.7 mile course for up to three laps in the Bicycling Magazine Open.  Winnie Clowry, co-owner of Winnie’s LeBus in Manayunk, participated in the amateur race. Her ride also served as a fundraiser for North Light Community Center in Manayunk, which raised more than $1,500 for the organization.

Check NewsWorks tomorrow for helmet-cam video of Clowry’s trek up the Manayunk Wall and other bike race reports.

For a rundown of the day’s live updates, check the blog below. 

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